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Getting Reel

Article Published: Feb. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Getting Reel

The former DragonFly Theater and Pub will soon reopen as the ReelHouse Cinema and Draft, complete with full kitchen and bar area.

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The DragonFly may have lost its wings, but the ReelHouse Cinema and Draft will soon be up and running in its stead.

New co-owner Casey Pond said the new entertainment venue could be two weeks away from opening its doors.

"The space was set up as a theater, and we are going to continue to run it as a theater," he said, but with a new kick the DragonFly was unable to provide.

"We're going to have a full menu," he said, and the building is being renovated accordingly with a new ventilation system.

Patrons can look forward to pizza, grass-fed beef burgers and salads. Veggie burgers, hand-cut fries and "heavy appetizers" will also be on the menu.

Fans of the DragonFly will notice more differences than just food. "We have rearranged the theater space itself to be not so much rows, but more of a typical dining room arrangement," Pond said.

Pond is adding another bar built into the theater itself to maximize the experience.

By day, movies will air on the big screen. By night, however, the theater will make a drastic transition into a full-out entertainment venue.

"Live music, video gaming tournaments, karaoke, a comedy night," he said, to name a few of the endless possibilities for the space.

He wants to "maximize the room," a room he already said is the largest in Boone outside of the university.

Its current standing capacity sits at 300, and its seating capacity is about 150 people, he said.
It's a project he and his partner, Black Cat owner Megan Carmody, are excited about.
"I think that Boone needs a venue like this. I think it's a great opportunity to provide both good food and good entertainment options," Pond said.

The venue will be open seven days a week and show multiple movie screenings a day.

An opening date has not been set. Pond says the snow is causing massive delays, but hopes to open the venue in two to three weeks.

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